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Does California limit damages awarded in car accident cases?

Many states have caps on the amount of damages car accident victims may recover via their car accident claims. California, however, is not one of them. If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a California car accident, you may worry about how you will cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and other expenses. Fortunately, this may not be an issue. With the lack of damage caps, you may recoup the amount necessary to cover your losses and then some.

That said, FindLaw warns California drivers that just because there is no limit on damages courts award in car accident cases, that does not mean there are no limits in general. California, like most states, has a time limit in which car accident victims may file their cases. That time limit, or statute of limitations, is two years. If you plan to file a property damage claim, that time limit extends to three years. However, if you wish to file a complaint against a government entity — local or federal — the statute of limitations is drastically reduced to just six months.

It is also important to note that California prohibits victims of accidents involving uninsured drivers to collect compensation for pain and suffering, emotional duress and other non-economic damages. However, economic damages, such as lost wages and medical expenses, are still available if the victim can prove that the other driver is at fault.  

The information in this post is intended to be purely informational. It should not be construed as legal advice.

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